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Nov 17, 2011 11:32 AM

Dinner with Work Colleagues (no small plates!)

I'm coming to Chicago for a conference in a couple weeks with some co-workers and am looking for a moderately priced dinner spot (entrees high teens, low twenties). I like lots of different foods but co-workers are less adventurous. Also, since they are coworkers, would rather not do small plates since I think it would be awkward to share with these people (though I know Chicago has some amazing small plates places).

We are staying at the Courtyard Marriott on Michigan Ave so somewhere within walking distance would be preferable. Similar places I like in DC (if anyone's familiar) include Busboys and Poets, Birch and Barley, 2 Amy's.

Thanks so much for everyone's help!

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  1. I think Coco Pazzo Cafe would be perfect for your request. It's moderately-priced Italian food in a bistro setting. And it's across the street from the hotel, so it's VERY convenient. (Don't confuse it with Coco Pazzo, its more-expensive sister restaurant about 3/4 mile west of there.)

    Just to toss out another idea, Quartino is 4 blocks west of the hotel. They also have Italian food; it's a "small plates" place, and I know you said you don't want that, but there's no law that says you have to share when you order small plates or individual pizzas.

    Both these places accept reservations including on

    626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

    Coco Pazzo Cafe
    636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611